Krejci keys Bruins’ 4-1 win over Sabres
David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucic’s goal as the
Boston Bruins earned a split of a two-game set with a 4-1 victory
on Saturday night.
Reilly Smith had a power-play and an empty-netter for Boston,
which won its seventh straight at home. The Bruins haven’t lost
there in regulation since late October, going 12-0-2 in their last
Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, who beat the Bruins 4-2
in Buffalo on Thursday night. The Sabres, who haven’t won three
straight this season, had a two-game winning streak broken.
Tuukka Rask, who was rested Thursday, made 34 saves, including a
pair of key stops early in the third period.
Buffalo backup Jhonas Enroth stopped 35 shots and dropped to
Krejci’s goal broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period.
Trailing and coming down the center of the ice, Krejci took a drop
pass from Jarome Iginla before waiting and firing a wrist shot past
Krejci fed Lucic in the slot from the left circle, and Lucic
beat Enroth with a wrister inside the left post.
Smith scored with 21.4 seconds left.
Rask made a pair of right-pad saves seconds apart early in the
third. Matt Ellis stole the puck from Brad Marchand near the blue
line and cut in alone. Linus Omark fired in the rebound.
The Bruins were short-handed two players for a lengthy stretch
in the second period after Patrice Bergeron was called for
cross-checking, and Gregory Campbell got a four-minute penalty for
high-sticking Jamie McBain 11 seconds later. Boston held Buffalo to
two shots during the initial 1:49 stretch, and one when they were
down one man.
Boston was short two players again with just over 6 minutes left
in the game, but Buffalo’s Steve Ott got a slashing penalty seconds
into the advantage.
Boston took a 1-0 on Smith’s power play goal 9:39 into the game.
Carl Soderberg sent a pass across the top of the crease to Smith,
who one-timed a shot into an open side of the net.
The Sabres tied it late in the period when Girgensons banged in
the rebound of Matt Moulson’s shot. Moulson’s wraparound attempt
popped into Rask’s stick side.
NOTES: Bergeron had his first career regular-season fight late
in the second period, taking on Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. …
The Sabres had killed 14 straight penalties before Smith’s goal.
… Marchand was helped off the ice midway into the first period
and was assisted down the runway to the dressing room area before
returning to action a few minutes later. … Bruins forward Shawn
Thornton, who is appealing his 15-game suspension for taking down,
punching and injuring Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik, watched from the